RV Trailer Tires vs. Light Truck Tires – Need To Know Info Before Buying



Are ST trailer tires or LT light truck tires superior for travel trailers and fifth wheels? Here’s all the RV tire info you need to know before buying!

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A healthy debate exists online on whether ST “special trailer” or LT “light truck” tires are superior for a travel trailer or fifth wheel. Many people swear typical trailer tires or “china bombs” are trash and have switched to mounting light truck tires on their RV – but is this the right decision? Which tire type is truly better for use on trailers? Here’s all the tire information you need to know before making the decision.

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24 thoughts on “RV Trailer Tires vs. Light Truck Tires – Need To Know Info Before Buying

  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    What about towing in deep winter? Seems like nobody makes studded or even winter-rated ST tires!? Towing a small (single axle) snowmobile trailer, loaded weight is only 900lbs with the sled – was going to run truck or even car tires because these are the only studded tires I could find. Any thoughts?

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    Tires are not the thing to go cheapo on. They're the only thing that touches the pavement. Endurance seem to be the way to go now. Glad to see more and more manufacturers are installing them at the factory.
    The next thing to improve tire life is to have them balanced, then a annual or ten thousand mile HAND inspection, clean, repack wheel bearings and seals (not E-Z Lube) Then consider upgrading your suspension with a leaf spring equalizer like a Cre3000 or Dexter E-Z Flex…..there are several different choices for suspension upgrades. Have your brakes checked.
    Travel day tire pressure checks, feel and visually check the tires, safe speed and you have done your best. On really hot days slow down some to allow for the extra heat build up.

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    They don't make trailer tires wide enough to keep a heavy trailer from sinking into soft ground. You're basically forced to go with a lt tire if you want better flotation.

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    I own a rv repair shop just north of Elkhart and my customers that run 30k+ miles a year with large full time fifth wheels all use LT Firestone HTs because of blowout damages caused by ST tires. I can't speak to whats better or worse but in 40yrs and lots and lots of blow out repairs not one had LTs on it. Alot of higher end trailer manufacturers now offer LT tires as a option

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    my trailer tires on utility trailer are wearing badly on inside of the tire. does anyone know why it would do that

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    So, st tires are cheaper because they are better? They have a lower speed rating because They are better? They have a shorter life because they are better? You can't put them on your car or truck because they are better?

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    Outstanding and very relevant video, David! I hadn't thought of the pressure in my rear tires as it relates to towing. I'm not towing a lot of weight, it's a 6 x 12 cargo trailer I'm converting to a camper/mobile ham radio station. As a backpacker I don't need a lot of amenities. I was scouting suitable campsites out on Mormon Well road by Corn Creek and aired my tires down to 20 lbs (y'all did a review there, and I live in Las Vegas). I had been debating lowering the tire pressure on the trailer from the 50 PSI spec to perhaps 30. Now I'm thinking maybe that's not a good idea. I'm wondering, if I'm towing, if I should lower tire pressure in the truck's rear tires now or not. I surely would to get unstuck if I needed traction. Have you and Jenny ever needed to lower your pressures while boondocking and towing on rough roads? It seems like a balancing act between maintaining trailer stability (side to side) vs. traction (which doesn't apply to the trailer). I have OCD about making sure my trailer is properly balanced front to back. I towed for the first time last year from Las Vegas to Quartzsite and the trailer tracked like a dream (Interstate trailer). I also never exceeded 60 and most of the way I did 55. I see a lot of people going faster but driving from Vegas to California I see all those signs restricting vehicles towing to 55. Let me know if you have any thoughts about the tire pressures off road vs pavement. Maybe that would be a good video topic (if you haven't already done it; I'm a new sub). Best to you both!

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    I’ve towed heavy cattle and flat bed trailers (12k-20k)….over the years have replaced all of the trailer tires with e rated lt tires…..lt tires are much better made…..grandma pa was right

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    They should make Biased ply tires again for trailers we never had a problem with them

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    LT probably gets worst mileage but they last longer. I cant do LT because of my tire size…205/70r14 and I'm not committed to changing 4 rims. Junked the castlerock st and replaced them with goodyear endurance. Tire cover for uv like you said is a great idea too!

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    trailer tires built for heat dissipation are destroyed when they get heated sounds good.
    use truck tires if they can handle a 8000lb truck think they can handle a 3000lb trailer

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    maybe, I guess, on the value of ST tire, in theory. But had 3 blowouts in my new 5th wheel in 1st trip…load range E ST's. granted it was middle of the summer with over 100 ambient temp in places. but i'm obsessive on checking tire pressure, and trailer was lightly loaded, although did have a full tank of water. However, these were no-name China bombs, so the tech theory was trumped by the poor manufacturing. In my area, the only USA-made tires found were Goodyear LT, so that's what I went with…no problems since.

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    Thanks David, I always appreciate your videos. They are very thought out. I know you have done your research. Great Job.

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    Thank you so much! My tire recently blew and totally ripped up the inside corner by the door aswell… now I’ve been looking for durable affordable tires! Thanks!❤️🙏🏼

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  • January 6, 2021 at 2:10 am
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    I just got Goodyear endurance 225/75r15 10ply and the maximum PSI is 80. I'm not sure I should put them at 80 my camper weighs 6000lbs. Each tire maximum =2800 lol my rims can only do 2200lbs and each axle is 3500 so perhaps I run the new tires at 65 or 70 to give it some cushion? Am I wrong for not running my tires at 80?

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